News & Trends: 5/19/15

By: Susan Berman Hammer

A Glimpse at Some of the Best New Movies and the Red Carpet Glamour at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival, now in full swing through Sunday (May 24), gave us a chance to peak at some of the top nominated films as well as highlights from the glamorous Red Carpet.

Best and Worst New Movies

According to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, the competition features some obvious standouts and some definite duds. Cannes, he said, shines a bright spotlight on each movie and its reputation can be instantly made or destroyed.

Phillips was interviewed live from Cannes by WGN radio host Matt Bubala and here's Phillips' take so far: The Son of Saul by a new Hungarian director was “remarkable,” but Woody Allen's film, Irrational Man, was a big disappointment. Son of Saul was “one of the best Holocaust presentations I've ever seen,” Phillips said. Another movie --The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey-- received a thumbs down from Phillips  and was even booed by the screening audience! 

While the Son of Saul may not be available in U.S. theaters until the fall or later, two other good films will be released next month. One, set for June 5 release, is Love & Mercy about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Another film  -- Pixar's animated Inside Out -- will be released June 19. 

Inside Out, a humorous animated film about the emotional turbulence of adolescence, is set inside the subconscious of Riley, an 11-year-old girl, as Joy, Fear, Sadness, Angst and Disgust manage her emotions. Directed by Pete Docter (Up and Monsters Inc.), the voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan. A tip for parents and grandparents: take your pre-teens to see Inside Out. This entertaining film just might shed some new light on a confusing period iin their lives. Other films Phillips will screen include the Amy Winehouse documentary and Macbeth.

Update: Michael Phillips still plans to screen Inside Out , but unfortunately, the film was just eliminated from the Cannes competition.

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Red Carpet Looks that Wowed

In addition to the juried competition for best films, Cannes offers 12 days of non-stop glamour as fashionable stars don the latest (and often, the most revealing) designer creations.

Tell us what you think after you take a look at Vanity Fair's picks for the best-dressed female celebrities. Which are your favorites and why? Hope you'll leave your comments in the section below.

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It's a Wrap for the David Letterman Show Tomorrow 

Whether you're a David Letterman fan or not, check out the final David Letterman Show airing tomorrow evening. It features a look back at his best shows. According to The Wall Street Journal, David Letterman has grown into a legend during the past 33 years of broadcasts. He has evolved from “zany oddball into a great American broadcaster, one without peer.”

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with The Journal? We'd love to hear your comments. Just leave them in the comments section below.

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